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Princeton's WordNet

  1. embark, shipverb

    go on board

  2. embark, enterverb

    set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)

    "she embarked upon a new career"

  3. venture, embarkverb

    proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers

    "We ventured into the world of high-tech and bought a supercomputer"


  1. embarkverb

    To get on a boat or ship or (outside the USA) an aeroplane.

    All passengers please embark now.

  2. embarkverb

    To start, begin.

    Phil embarked on his journey yesterday.

  3. Etymology: From embarquer, from em- + barque

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Embarkverb

    Etymology: embarquer, French.

    Of mankind, so numerous late,
    All left, in one small bottom swam embark’d. John Milton, P. Lost.

    The king had likewise provided a good fleet, and had caused a body of three thousand foot to be embarked on those ships. Edward Hyde, b. ii.

    Straight to the ships Eneas took his way,
    Embark’d his men, and skim’d along the sea. John Dryden, Æn.

  2. To Embarkverb

    I should with speed embark,
    And with their embassy return to Greece. Ambrose Philips.


  1. Embark

    Embark is a Sri Lankan animal rescue and welfare organization. Since 2007, Embark has been conducting rescues, adoptions, sterilizations, vaccinations, education programmes and advocacy campaigns for the welfare of homeless dogs, cats and other animals. Embark was founded by the award-winning entrepreneur, conservationist and advocate Otara Gunewardene.


  1. embark

    To embark generally means to begin a journey or project, or to engage in an activity or enterprise. It can also refer to the act of boarding a vehicle, such as a ship or an airplane, with the intention of journeying somewhere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Embarkverb

    to cause to go on board a vessel or boat; to put on shipboard

  2. Embarkverb

    to engage, enlist, or invest (as persons, money, etc.) in any affair; as, he embarked his fortune in trade

  3. Embarkverb

    to go on board a vessel or a boat for a voyage; as, the troops embarked for Lisbon

  4. Embarkverb

    to engage in any affair

  5. Etymology: [F. embarquer; pref. em- (L. in) + barque bark: cf. Sp. embarcar, It. imbarcare. See Bark. a vessel.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Embark

    em-bärk′, v.t. to put on board ship: to engage in any affair.—v.i. to go on board ship: to engage in a business: to enlist.—n. Embarkā′tion, a putting or going on board: that which is embarked: (obs.) a vessel.—p.adjs. Embarked′; Embark′ing.—n. Embark′ment. [Fr. embarquer, from em, in, barque, a bark.]


  1. Embark

    Embark is a mobile application designed to make it easy to get around cities using mass transit. Among other features, the iOS and Android application tells users when trains and busses are coming and will send push notifications when services are delayed. With over half a million users and rapid growth, Embark’s simple and powerful mobile application is designed to bring urban transportation into the age of the smartphone. Embark is available for twelve major transportation systems in the US and the UK and is expanding rapidly. Embark won best transit and mobility app awards from the New York MTA App Quest and NYC Big Apps 3.0 contests.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. embark

    To put or cause to go on board a vessel or boat; as, to embark troops. To go on board of a ship, boat, or vessel; as, the troops embarked for Egypt.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'embark' in Verbs Frequency: #923

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of embark in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of embark in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of embark in a Sentence

  1. John Alexander Smith, Speech to Oxford University students, 1914:

    Gentlemen, you are now about to embark on a course of studies which will occupy you for two years. Together, they form a noble adventure. But I would like to remind you of an important point. Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.

  2. Archbishop Jerome Listecki:

    Today, we turn the page on a terrible part of our history and we embark on a new road lined with hope, forgiveness and love.

  3. Schnauer and Co Limited:

    Let Schnauer and Co be your trusted guide in the exciting world of property. Contact us now and embark on a rewarding property journey!

  4. Foreign Affairs:

    I believe there could be a path to a deal with Iran that all parties might soon be ready to embark on. It will be long, and patience and courage will be required.

  5. Gregory Tony:

    DeSantis formally announced the appointment of Gregory Tony as sheriff. Gregory Tony, Gregory Tony, will beBroward Countys first African-American sheriff, according to a statement released by the governor. It is my intention to embark on this enormous task to restore the confidence of families and residents of Broward County toward the Broward Sherriffs Office, which also requires that I fix the problems that exist.

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